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BaseballGB Fantasy League

by Matt Smith

BgbFantasyOne of the features planned for 2009 here at BaseballGB is our own fantasy competition.  With Mark now on board providing his fantasy expertise to the site, we felt it was the perfect time to start a league combining us writers and any readers that would like to take part.  Sounds like fun to you?  Read on to see how you can get involved. 

Mark has written an excellent outline of the different types of fantasy competitions that you can play and he’s suggested that the Head to Head league would be the best place for us to start.  The Head to Head league suits enthusiastic beginners and dedicated fantasy nuts alike and Mark’s outline gives a good overview of exactly what’s involved.

Both Joe and myself are fantasy novices, so don’t worry if you haven’t got much fantasy experience as you’ll be in the same boat as us! (for full disclosure: I’ve been a regular at Fantasy BaseballUK for a few years, but haven’t taken part in a league involving a draft/auction and trades with other players etc)

We’re at the early stages of planning this and thought it was worth making people aware of it as soon as possible.  Here are the key points for potential players about the proposed competition:

  • we plan to create a league in the easy-to-use Yahoo fantasy set-up,
  • there’s no entry fee,
  • we don’t have any actual prizes lined up, but the satisfaction of potentially beating us will probably be reward enough!  Of course, your team will be part of the regular coverage of the league here at BaseballGB and, more than anything, there’s the sheer enjoyment of taking part,
  • as mentioned, we are currently proposing to run a Head to Head league.  This means that we really need at least ten teams and there has to be an even number of participants.  If we can’t meet these requirements then we might switch to a Rotisserie league.
  • a Head to Head league begins with an online draft of players.  All participants will need to be able to take part in the draft and we will try to arrange a time and date together that gives everyone good notice (the draft will probably be in mid-March).  Mark says that it should take a couple of hours at most.

Those are the basic details.  We’re all excited about the league and hopefully you are to.  If you’re keen to take part, either pass on a message via the comments box below or send me an e-mail directly by putting matt in front of @baseballgb.co.uk in your address bar. 

The competition isn’t limited to players from Britain, so our overseas readers are more than welcome to take part.  Obviously we will all need to factor in the time difference for the draft if that’s the case.

We’ll be reminding you about the competition over the next couple of months and hope that, even if you are not participating, you enjoy reading about our exploits over the course of the MLB season.

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Clive Barker January 12, 2009 - 9:27 am

Sounds like an excellent idea guys! I am a fantasy novice and I would definitely be up for the challenge!

Can’t wait!!

Joe Gray January 12, 2009 - 12:53 pm

Good man (I like that “fantasy novice” bit too). That makes four so far – let’s hope we can get plenty more.

Matt Smith January 12, 2009 - 7:29 pm

Yep, great to see some interest. This should be a lot of fun.

Thomas Ogilvie February 7, 2009 - 12:50 pm

Count me in! I’m a fantasy ‘rookie’, if you will; I partook of the MLB Fantasy League last year, but there was quite a lot of guesswork going on. I’m eager to try something a bit more in-depth.

Matt Smith February 7, 2009 - 1:05 pm

Great news. Welcome aboard Thomas. We’ll pass on further details when we get them.

I’ll put another reminder post up about the league tomorrow.

peter February 13, 2009 - 2:39 am

if theres room i will join up

Matt Smith February 13, 2009 - 7:02 am

Hi Peter. I’ll ask Mark to send on the details.


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